This adorable baby looks to be from a well-to-do family. The woman holding her is most likely not her mother. She is looking at the baby and not the camera, and is wearing what appears to be a nurse’s uniform and cap. (If you have an ancestor who was a nurse, further research on the… Continue reading Baby Katheryne; A Wealth of Resources
This time, instead of working on an unknown picture puzzle, I am using a picture to resolve a question from my own family. We have a carte de visite portrait labeled Frank Vivell. The question? Is this Frank Vivell, born 1830 or his son Frank Vivell, born 1858? Frank Xavier Vivell was the first of… Continue reading Is This Frank? Or Frank? A Photo Mystery!
I found this picture of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Green and Anna Green on eBay that was taken by a photographer in Mishawaka, and I just had to bring it home. The format is called a carte de visite or visiting card. We can find help in dating the photograph on the website PhotoTree.com.… Continue reading Dating a Carte de Viste (Visiting Card)
The U. S. census is one of my favorite genealogy tools, but many times, it just isn’t enough. So much can happen during the decade between each census! This picture puzzle is a perfect example. We have a 1920’s era picture in a cardboard easel frame from Kaylor Studio in Mishawaka, Indiana. The photo is… Continue reading Living Large Between the Censuses!
This time we have a great picture of a cute child in a sailor suit. The card provides lots of clues for us to follow. A quick web search for the company listed on the postcard tells us N. Snellenburg & Co. opened a department store on Market Street in Philadelphia in 1889 advertising “a… Continue reading Philadelphia Sailor Boy – A Photo Mystery
When I found this postcard, I thought I had an easy one. So many clues! No stamp block this time, but even better, a cancelled stamp. The 1 cent Benjamin Franklin (green, profile, with olive branches) was in use from 1908 to 1922. The post mark is not perfect, but we can plainly see the… Continue reading Allan’s Sister is an Only Child – Another Photo Mystery to Solve!
Usually there is not enough information on a photograph to identify the subject, but sometimes, there is too much information. This cabinet card photograph is from the collection of the Mishawaka Library Local History Room. The reverse of the photo includes the photographers name and address, two names (Theresa Tromp, Mrs. H. J. Graham)… Continue reading One Lady, Two Names – A Photo Mystery!